After multiple reports and the small yet noticeable revival of an old social media account, it turns out that Dead Space is indeed back. Electronic Arts is remaking the first game in the horror series with a game simply titled Dead Space. It doesn’t have a release date or window, but it will be coming out on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
EA showed off the new trailer for the game. In it, the camera pans through a ship, presumably the Ishimura, while “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” plays. A necromorph is shown at a distance before cutting to someone in a suit hovering over a workbench, as a Plasma Cutter is right beside them. No gameplay was shown, but the trailer did confirm that Motive Studios is behind it, which is what the reports had been pointing to.
According to the video’s description, it will be on the Frostbite engine, an engine most closely associated with DICE and the Battlefield games, and be a remake that will be “true to the original” while containing gameplay improvements. Those improvements were not mentioned. The rest goes through the story, which mirrors the 2008 original.
Senior Producer Phillippe Ducharme spoke about the game in a press release, stating the impact of the first game and how it influenced him to join the team to make this game.
“The Dead Space franchise made a huge impact on the survival horror genre when it was released [about 13] years ago, and I came to Motive as a fan first to specifically work on this game,” he said. “We have a passionate team at Motive who are approaching this remake as a love letter to the franchise. Going back to the original and having the opportunity to do so on next-gen consoles excited everyone on the team. As we look to modernize the game, we’ve reached out to dedicated fans and invited them to provide us with feedback since the early stages of production to deliver the Dead Space game they want and for new players to enjoy as well.”
GamesBeat reporter Jeff Grubb, who is mostly responsible for the earlier and accurate reports of this game, tweeted that we should have more information about it more soon and that he’s heard it “looks incredible.” He also stated that it will have multiple elements from other entries, too.
This is the first Dead Space release since early 2013, when Dead Space 3 and its only expansion, Awakened, came out.